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355th Dental Squadron

Posted October 11, 2012 by (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin)

The 355th Dental Squadron sees about seven thousand patients a year. They cover everything from annual dental exams to periodontal surgeries. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cami Richards, 355th Dental Squadron dental assistant, demonstrates the proper way to floss your teeth. The 355th Dental Squadron does everything from simple annual exams to periodontal surgery. Sergeant…

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Eating healthy food keeps gray matter ‘in pink’

Posted March 7, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Grace Lee

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Eating the right foods not only affects a person’s physical performance, but also the brain’s performance. Leslie Dana-Kirby, 56th Medical Operations Squadron clinical psychologist, said the human brain is responsible for all thinking, reasoning, memory, judgment and decision-making. It also controls fundamental life functions such as hunger, thirst, sleeping,…

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Tips for the upcoming monsoon season

Posted July 11, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin

With the monsoon season fast approaching, members of the D-M community should be prepared for the rough weather. A monsoon consists of hard rain with hail, severe lightning, strong winds, and flashfloods. Tucson is expected to experience monsoons from June to September. “One of the main dangers of a monsoon is a flashflood which can…

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Affordable Care Act will impact federal civilian employees

Posted October 3, 2013 by Gloria Kwizera

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO — RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Starting in January, all individuals must maintain minimum health care coverage for themselves and all dependents claimed on their federal tax return, or must qualify for an exemption. Those who do not will be charged a penalty beginning with their 2014 federal tax return. Under, the…

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TRICARE to end walk-in admin services

Posted January 23, 2014 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON (AFNS) –TRICARE military health plan service centers will end administrative walk-in services in the U.S. on April 1, Pentagon officials said Jan. 13. While the 189 facilities will stop taking walk-ins, beneficiaries can accomplish any administrative task online or by phone, said Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren. TRICARE service centers overseas are not…

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Airman serves with pride, joins Air Force after “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Posted May 1, 2014 by Nick DeCicco

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) —  Between sips of an iced coffee, Airman 1st Class Leslie Wilson, a 60th Dental Squadron dental technician here, talks about her life. She talks about her childhood in Tennessee, going to college on a soccer scholarship and following in her father’s footsteps by joining the military. However, she also discusses…

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Corrective eye surgery wait times reduced

Posted June 12, 2014 by Capt. William Catt

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — The Air Force currently offers active duty members two types of corneal refractive surgery to correct near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism. Refractive surgery eliminates the need for glasses, contacts, prescription inserts for night vision goggles and ballistic eyewear thereby enhancing mission and deployment readiness. CRS is now offered at six…

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Suicide prevention more than a month-long campaign

Posted September 11, 2014 by Jonathan Stock

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — All Airmen have a responsibility that lasts much longer than a one-month campaign. This responsibility extends beyond ourselves and includes our work environment, our families, friends, fellow Airmen and our communities. While Suicide Prevention Month is observed across the United States in September, the month-long event is a reminder of everyone’s 24/7,…

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VA expands eligibility related to Military Sexual Trauma

Posted December 11, 2014 by

Washington, DC – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), under authority from the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (“VACAA”),  today announced expanded eligibility for Veterans in need of mental health care due to sexual assault or sexual harassment that occurred during their military service. This trauma is commonly known as military sexual…

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Reminder to Airmen: Avoid hemp seed products

Posted April 16, 2015 by Air Force Surgeon General

WASHINGTON D.C.  — Air Force drug testing officials have long warned military members to avoid products that include hemp seed or hemp oil in order to ensure military readiness. In 2013, news reports on the Air Force’s prohibition of a popular yogurt brand spotlighted a regulation, in effect since the late 1990s. Military members were told to…

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